UNDER THE CURRENTS

Doulas Are Helping Mothers Have Healthier Births

Date: August 19th, 2019
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Ella Dorval Hall

By Ella Dorval Hall “A skilled doula empowers a woman to communicate her needs and perceptions and actualize her dream of a healthy, positive birth experience” (Gruber, Cupito, S., & Dobson, C., 2013). Research has shown that support from a doula has an array of positive benefits for the mother and baby. Studies found that…

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What Do You Really Think About Sex? Understand Your Sexological Worldview

Date: August 14th, 2019
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Ella Dorval Hall

By Ella Dorval Hall We all have our own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs about sex and sexuality, formed over the course of our lifetimes. But how often do we get to reflect and examine what we really think about sex? A Sexual Attitude Reassessment, or SAR, is an opportunity to consider your sexological worldview…

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Core Skills in Sex Ed: Training to Put the Professional Learning Standards in Practice

Date: August 8th, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Jeff Gould The Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education were released earlier this year by the Sex Education Collaborative (SEC), a collaboration of 20 national, regional, and state-based organizations with extensive experience training educators to teach school-based sex education. The standards provide a comprehensive overview of core skills, attitudes, and content knowledge…

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The Church and State: What I Can Do Now to Promote Sex+

Date: August 5th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Get to know the #HealthyTeen19 Featured Speakers: For the closing session of the 2019 conference on Wednesday, October 30, facilitator Jennifer Driver, and panelists Tanya Bass, Brittany Broaddus-Smith, and Shawn Kelly will challenge you on how you can work together with groups who are consistently left out of the sex-positive discussion. Policymakers, schools, and faith communities are…

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Melanin Poppin’: Colorblind Politics Plaguing Sexuality Education

Date: July 30th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Get to know the #HealthyTeen19 Featured Speakers: On Tuesday, October 29th, keynote speaker Dr. Donna Oriowo will remind us that when it comes to sex ed, the one size fits all technique is about as old as a black and white television in a world where melanin is poppin’ and wants to be seen in its full color.…

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Sex-Positivity: It’s Super Simple

Date: July 23rd, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Get to know the #HealthyTeen19 Featured Speakers: Erin Basler and Kira Manser are kicking off the conference on Monday, October 28th at 4:00 PM with their session, “Sex-Positivity: It’s Super Simple.” This session will get us into the “sex-positive mindset” by building a group definition of sex-positivity that considers all identities and looks critically at our…

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Inclusive Sex-Positivity

Date: July 11th, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Capri Fiello Sex-positivity, which the Feminist Majority Foundation defines as “celebrating healthy sexual relationships, diversity within those relationships, bodily autonomy, and empowering individuals to control their own sex life (or lack thereof),” is incredibly important in supporting adolescents’ sexual development. When sex-positivity is both inclusive and comprehensive, it shifts the paradigm…

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#SRAisAbstinenceOnly: New Name, Same Shame

Date: June 13th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

We’ve joined with Advocates for Youth, Answer, SIECUS,  Planned Parenthood, and many others to spread the word that abstinence-only has been repackaged under a new name, “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA).” But don’t be fooled by their deceitful appropriation of new rights language, it’s the same old shaming, inaccurate lectures. These lessons do nothing but harm…

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It’s Pride Month! 5 Queer Reads for Allies in Honor of Stonewall’s 50th

Date: June 5th, 2019
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Nicholas Sufrinko

This month marks a full half-century since the Stonewall Uprising, when queer residents in New York City’s Greenwich Village notably demanded space to be open about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The uprising at the Stonewall Inn followed one of many commonplace police raids in underground queer establishments during the era of queer…

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How to Find Housing and Services for Young People Who Are Pregnant or Parenting

Date: May 30th, 2019
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Gina Desiderio

We often get questions from young people who are pregnant or parenting, looking for housing and other support services. While Healthy Teen Network does not provide housing or direct services for young people who are pregnant or parenting, we have put together a list of resources that may help young people find some answers: Are…

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